An estimated 300 visitors toured the Historic White Home in downtown Rock Hill on Sunday during the grand opening that culminated a 5-year renovation project.
Stephen Turner with Historic Rock Hill said that visitors, including a number of White family members, came from as far away as Columbia to tour the elegant old home.
The public had been invited to walk through the home and the re-landscaped grounds from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Visitors also enjoyed refreshments provided by Historic Rock Hill at tables set on the new brick patio behind the home.
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Those touring the home were asked to make a $2 donation.
The home, located at the corner of White Street and Elizabeth Lane, ranks as one of the city's most important homes imbued with a century and a half of history. The National Register site was built by George and Ann White, one of Rock Hill's oldest families, over several years in the mid-19th century.
The home had fallen into serious disrepair by the time the restoration began in 2005.
Floors had caved in, plaster walls had crumbled, and the property surrounding the home had become overgrown.
Historic Rock Hill has completely restored the home and its grounds. The house features some of the White family portraits, as well as documents and furniture collected by the five generations of Whites who lived there.
The home will be available for city functions and for rental for private occasions such as weddings. It will be open to school groups for educational trips.